Fiction, Satire, Science Fiction

Voltaire: “Micromégas”

1752

“A short story written in the 18th century by the French philosopher and satirist Voltaire. It is a significant development in the history of literature because it originates ideas which helped create the genre of science fiction.”

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Voltaire – Micromégas (1752)

…you know very well when it is necessary to return your body to the elements, and reanimate nature in another form, which we call death. When this moment of metamorphosis comes, to have lived an eternity or to have lived a day amounts to precisely the same thing.

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Voltaire – Micromégas (1752)

[One philosopher] asserted that he knew the whole secret… [He] surveyed the two celestial strangers from top to toe, and maintained to their faces that their persons, their worlds, their suns, and their stars, were created solely for the use of man. At this assertion our two travelers let themselves fall against each other, seized with a fit of … inextinguishable laughter.